Incarceration and Reentry

Getting out of prison (also known as re-entry) can be incredibly stressful and pose many challenges, including the need to secure housing and employment, and re-connecting with family and friends. At the same time, while some medical needs may have been addressed in prison, issues like substance abuse and mental illness may not have been addressed at all. Seeing a qualified professional therapist can help with the transition back into society outside of prison. Therapy can provide tools to help solve problems, deal with social situations, and to control anger – in addition to helping with substance abuse issues. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s incarceration and re-entry specialists today.

Meet the specialists

Volunteering with court-involved people for more than a decade is how I came to the field of therapy, and I continue to love supporting people who are caught up in these massive systems of control. Mass incarceration has traumatized communities and families, and continues to do so every day. I work closely with attorneys to provide context for how trauma impacts court-involvement, and am also happy to provide psychological evaluations for court-involved persons at an attorney or judge's request.

— Rachel Smith, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL
 

Volunteering with court-involved people for more than a decade is how I came to the field of therapy, and I continue to love supporting people who are caught up in these massive systems of control. Mass incarceration has traumatized communities and families, and continues to do so every day. I work closely with attorneys to provide context for how trauma impacts court-involvement, and am also happy to provide psychological evaluations for court-involved persons at an attorney or judge's request.

— Rachel Smith, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

As a clinician, I worked for 2 years with AB109 probationers to reintegrate back into the community after spending various lengths in time in our jail/prison system. I have also run groups in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility focusing on preparation for what was to come. I love to instill hope and build upon strengths to remind individuals that they are important and can make desired life changes.

— Shavonne James, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA
 

I have over 10 years of experience working with justice involved clients. Integrating back into the community after any period of incarceration is very difficult. Incarceration is traumatic and there are many systemic barriers to overcome. But it's doable, especially with support! Therapy can help you to understand issues that led to incarceration and learn new behaviors to help keep you out of the system.

— Vikki Dial, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO

For many years my work primarily focused on reentry for offenders coming out of prison. I help individuals process through many years of suppressed emotions and the emotions that surface upon a huge change of going from the inside to being on the outside. I show them that life can have purpose and meaning and their past does not have to define their future. Creating safe, non-judgmental, space is key to being able to feel safe and trust in a world that has turned its back on one.

— Shannon King, Counselor
 

Curious about what prompts you to have a sense of being here before? Are troubling experiences affecting your daily life? Do you have dreams or nightmares of places you have never been? Do you have chronic pain, even though there is no medical reason for the pain? Upon meeting someone for the first time, do you feel an immediate attraction or uncomfortable dislike for that person? Do you have migraine headaches? You might be experiencing the issues from a past life...recovery is possible.

— Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, Ph.D., Hypnotherapist in Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Rodriguez is a forensic mental health evaluator which allows her to serve as an evaluator and expert witness in both criminal and civil cases. She is known in the legal community for her ability to connect with people and for her willingness to take on challenging cases. Once you step into her office, you will feel no judgement from Dr. Rodriguez. She understands that people make mistakes and if they are ready to move forward, she will assist them.

— Kate Rodriguez, Licensed Professional Counselor in CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
 

I have worked with people who were found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity to help them reintegrate into the community after release from custody. I have also worked with individuals who were Unfit to Stand Trial to help them gain fitness and work through the trial process. I have close relationships with judges, attorneys, probation officers, and law enforcement officers. I can help someone at whatever stage they may be in the justice system.

— Matt Kindler, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Beloit, WI

I worked for nearly two years within an addictions treatment program at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, and then for another year+ in an outpatient clinic for individuals, primarily men, on federal probation after their re-entry from being incarcerated. These experiences and the learning I have done sense has made me passionate about the cyclical nature of trauma on people who are incarcerated and the systemic obstacles facing their successful re-entry to society.

— Lisa Kays, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in WASHINGTON, DC
 

Many of our clinicians have experience and training working with individuals involved in with the justice system both while incarcerated and while in the community.

— Wise Mind PLLC, Clinical Psychologist in Ypsilanti, MI

Prison is a unique experience and the people impacted deserve to have a provider who knows what changes happen to a person when they have gone through incarceration. Learning how to deprogram from the skills that helped you survive prison is important if you want to be successful in the free world. People who have a loved one who is involved in the criminal justice system also deserve a provider that knows that system and how to cope effectively.

— Michelle Fortier, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tallahassee, FL
 

I worked for nearly two years within an addictions treatment program at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, and then for another year+ in an outpatient clinic for individuals, primarily men, on federal probation after their re-entry from being incarcerated. These experiences and the learning I have done sense has made me passionate about the cyclical nature of trauma on people who are incarcerated and the systemic obstacles facing their successful re-entry to society.

— Lisa Kays, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in WASHINGTON, DC